Make mine drab

Hey, somebody has to keep this place from falling apart:

Sometimes I wish I were the creative one. Or the good singer. Or the athlete. Or more comfortable taking risks. Or something else. I don’t know why. I know that it’s valuable to be able to count on someone to get stuff done, and that there are a lot of people who aren’t reliable … but it’s kind of an awful thing to be known for, I think. If we’re talking Hollywood stereotypes, instead of the “fun dame” or the “manic pixie dream girl,” I’m the spinster schoolmarm who disapproves of everything.

Considering how much in everyday life deserves disapproval, I don’t see this as being so terrible.

And how many times has that “fun dame” been passed over to the next guy, and the next, and the next? Probably more often than we’d want to imagine.

I close with a quote from one of the most quotable people I know: myself.

Be wary of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The most immediate effect of being swept off your feet is losing your equilibrium.

Some of us would just as soon not lose ourselves in the moment.


  1. Tatyana »

    6 February 2015 · 12:53 pm

    re: idiots who prefer our Erica to some creep: “Their loss” (c)

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    7 February 2015 · 1:11 pm

    Civilization is built on stability. There are places where everyone is a bold, excitement seeking glory hound. Places like Hollywood. And Syria. You want excitement? Go to the movies. Then go home and drink a cup of hot chocolate, go to bed and get some sleep. Sleep, the most underrated (in)activity on the planet.

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